Now, I’m no mathematician, but to my calculations it has been 1 year and 20 days since my feet have been on Texan soil. That’s 67 weeks and five days, or 474 days, or if we want to be really melodramatic, it’s 682,560 minutes.
Basically, an eternity.
I don’t know of many other states that have as loyal a following as Texas. This is probably due to the fact that few other states invest as much time and resources into indoctrinating their youth. We had Texas history in school for as long as I can remember. Eighth grade social studies was devoted entirely to Texas, in fact, and I’m sure Sam Houston would be proud.
It also doesn’t hurt that Texas happens to be the Promised Land, something that we natives don’t take for granted. Wide open spaces, incredible food, as many tumble weeds and cow pies as you could ask for…what’s more to want?
Funny story: Vin’s precious Grandma Delagrange, who hasn’t left Ohio like, ever, came to Texas for our wedding, which was awesome. At one point she had to travel through some relatively rural area to get to the reception. I don’t know that the scenery dazzled her since she’s quoted as saying, “Do people really live like this??” Apparently parts of the Homeland are an acquired taste. Also, I’m sure Grandma, who is a devout Catholic, was totally confused when my mother described the Panhandle as “God’s country.” Lost in translation, folks.
We Texans forgive outsiders for not getting it, though. There’s a saying at Texas A&M that goes, “From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. And from the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.” There’s just something about Texas that makes people crazy for the state. I don’t know exactly what that magic is, but it’s powerful.
One of my best friends growing up had very devoted Texan parents. So devoted, in fact, that though they were living in Michigan at the time of her birth, they had a jar of dirt sent from home, took it to the hospital and put it under the bed so that she’d be born over Texan soil. True story.
Suffice it to say that I’m definitely missing home these days. So much so that I basically broke into tears when my mom sent these shirts for the girls.
And the glory of the Texas flag made me think about all of the other things I’ve been missing about home…mostly foods, apparently since I’m pregnant and the cravings are continuous. Like snow cones. Guys, I didn’t realize it, but they don’t do snow cones in the North. At least not in Ohio and not outside of the fair. Yeah, yeah, we’ve got Honey Hut here, but it’s just not the same as some stellar syrup covered shaved ice in the form of a Frosty Cone. Also people up here have no concept of flavors like Dill Pickle or Tiger’s Blood, which is a crying shame.
I don’t need to even mention the lack of Mexican food or fried okra. And “barbecue” here is all kinds of smothered in sauce. I’m genuinely excited that there’s a Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar restaurant coming here soon since they’ll have calf fries on the menu…not that I regularly consume calf fries, but it’s comforting to know the option’s out there.
And, gosh, I miss those never ending sunsets. I miss the smell of the wind on the prairie and the feeling of being so, so small under that gigantic sky.
Now, I don’t want to sound like I hate living in the North, at all. I do recognize the merit of other states…I’m not totally biased. I truly love it here and wouldn’t trade our time here for anything…except maybe some tamales.
Seriously, I’d kill for real tamales right now.
So, what about you? Anyone else living far from home and missing it? What do you miss the most?
7 thoughts on “Home Sweet Home”
I cannot figure out how to get tamales in my luggage! Sorry! Can’t wait to see you soon!
Can’t wait to see you, too!!
The sunsets! Oh those sunsets! Clean air. Chips and salsa. And the simplicity of the rolling hills covered in mesquite trees! Enjoyed this post as I can quite relate! 🙂
I can completely understand your sentiment! I miss my home more than I ever thought I would. The food, the quality of people, sunsets, sweet tea and southern accents! Ahh Texas…
We still have TX plates and licenses (after a year and a half) because I’m not ready to let go! Ha!
We just had to get Ohio plates on the truck and it was all kinds of sad…except that we’re planning to frame the Texas plates. 🙂
Not to be a stickler long after the fact, but it’s 7th grade Texas history. 8th grade is the early half of U.S. History. And we did it in 4th grade, too. And all along the way before that. I have some very old, out of print, Texas schoolbooks that I can let you borrow next time your “stateside” if you’d like to continue your indoctrination from afar. Six Foot Six was one of my favorite childhood readings, and it’s as wonderful as it is inaccurate about Sam Houston. There’s a reason Texas used to have the marketing pitch of “It’s like a whole other country!” And I’d be happy to teach your mom how to take tamales across long distances. Have done it to Missouri many times.
I’ll do anything to get tamales!! And you’re right about the grades…now that you mention it I remember Coach Lee teaching the Civil War in 8th grade. 🙂